Conversation Piece, March 4, 2018

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Enjoy our Sunday series, Conversation Piece, a NUVO–curated digest of things on the Internet we think you’ll want to talk about.

Is there food on Mars? As NASA’s Mars mission approaches, food scientists must prepare astronauts with supplies designed to stay nutritious throughout an unprecedented five-year shelf life. But not only must space food be healthy and long-lasting—on a journey in which astronauts will be isolated, confined, and subjected to crushing monotony, food must offer psychological relief by being delicious and diverse, too. Learn more about the challenges of designing the modern space explorer’s diet, here.

Good-looking chicks. Usually, when we think of a chicken, we think of an unextraordinary, white-feathered bird. But the fowl in fact come in a kaleidoscopic array of colours, features of all textures (including extremely fluffy) and with all manner of vivid crests. They can be unbelievably beautiful. Take a look through this photo essay, and you will never think of chickens the same way again. See more, here.

In blog we trust. Demographics among successful beauty and style bloggers skew young, female, pretty, white, and, perhaps surprisingly, Mormon. Why is it that Mormon women have taken so naturally to blogging? It may have to do with the Latter-Day Saints’ scripture as much as social conventions among members of the Church, which emphasize physical appearance, grooming, and wholesomeness. Learn more, here.

Beirut’s elite. The Lebanese capital Beirut was, in its heyday, the “Paris of the Middle East,” an intellectual, cultural, and political hub of the Arab world. Like those of any international capital, its most prominent families enjoy lavish lifestyles far removed from those of the average denizen—but unlike their high society peers in other cities, Beirut’s society members pop champagne in the face of immense civil unrest. In this photo essay, Anna Bosch chronicles the live of the elite in a city constantly on the brink of war, conflict, and even collapse. See more, here.

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March 4, 2018